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AASU blocks NH over land pact

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 � Hundreds of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) protesters today staged blockades on national highways in different parts of the State in protest against the handing over of the State's land to Bangladesh as part of a bilateral treaty.

The blockade was for one hour between 11 am to 3 pm.

The protesters shouted slogans against the State Government and the Centre, denouncing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

In a statement, the AASU questioned under what authority the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister inked the deal behind the back of the State's people. "This agreement is never acceptable to the people of Assam and we will continue with our protests till the treaty is nullified," it said.

The AASU also came down heavily on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his reported statement that the land handed over to Bangladesh belonged to the neighbouring country. "The land in question belonged to Assam and not Bangladesh. The Chief Minister's statements are an attempt at misleading the public," it said.

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AASU blocks NH over land pact

GUWAHATI, Sept 10 � Hundreds of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) protesters today staged blockades on national highways in different parts of the State in protest against the handing over of the State's land to Bangladesh as part of a bilateral treaty.

The blockade was for one hour between 11 am to 3 pm.

The protesters shouted slogans against the State Government and the Centre, denouncing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

In a statement, the AASU questioned under what authority the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister inked the deal behind the back of the State's people. "This agreement is never acceptable to the people of Assam and we will continue with our protests till the treaty is nullified," it said.

The AASU also came down heavily on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his reported statement that the land handed over to Bangladesh belonged to the neighbouring country. "The land in question belonged to Assam and not Bangladesh. The Chief Minister's statements are an attempt at misleading the public," it said.